Fred T. Hunt
St. Michael`s College Hockey Team / St. Michael's Majors 1944
Hunt played junior Hockey for the Brantford Lions and the St Michaels College teams.
From 1937-40 Hunt played in the Eastern Hockey League. In 1940-41 he was called up to the New York Americans for 15 games. The Americans folded in 1942 and his rights went to the New York Rangers.
Hunt had American Hockey League stints in Springfield, Hershey and Buffalo. It was with Buffalo in the 1940’s that Fred blossomed, leading the league in assists in both the regular and post-season in 1943-44
After playing for the Buffalo Bisons as they won consecutive Calder Cups in 1943 & 1944, Hunt played in 44 game for the Rangers in 1944-45.
After that year he returned to the Bisons, winning another Calder Cup in 1946.
Hunt retired as a player after the 1949 season.
Hunt became an assistant coach of the Bisons in 1952 and the General manager in 1953. He was also the coach of the Bisons in 1958-59, 1966–67, and 1967-68. Hunt won two more Calder Cups in 1962-63 and 1969-70 to go along with his three as a player.
After the Bisons folded in 1970 because of the Buffalo Sabres, Hunt became assistant general manager of that team and later general manager of their AHL farm team, the Cincinnati Swords. In 1973, he won his sixth Calder Cup with the Swords.
The Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, instituted by the AHL Board of Governors during the 1977-78 season, is voted upon by coaches, players and members of the media around the American Hockey League and honors the player best exemplifying the qualities demonstrated by Fred T. Hunt: sportsmanship, determination and dedication to Hockey.
In 1982, Fred was inducted posthumously into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
The Buffalo Sabres present an award to their top rookie each year named in Fred’s honor.